Languages of the Falkland Islands

The only official language of the Falkland Islands is English, and this is spoken by almost everyone on a day-to-day basis. Spanish is spoken by nearly 10% of the population, a significant minority. Most of the Spanish speakers are immigrants, foreign workers, and expats, predominantly from Chile and Argentina.

Falkland English dialect

Falkland Islands English is mainly British in character. However, as a result of the isolation of the islands, the small population has developed and retains its own accent/dialect, which persists despite a large number of immigrants from the United Kingdom in recent years. In rural areas (i.e. anywhere outside Port Stanley), known as ‘Camp’ (from Spanish campo or ‘countryside’),[1] the Falkland accent tends to be stronger. The dialect has resemblances to Australian, New Zealand, West Country and Norfolk dialects of English, as well as Lowland Scots.


Several languages have been used historically in the Falkland Islands.


  1. Stay with us » Camping: Falkland Islands Tourist Board
  2. "New Clues To Extinct Falklands Wolf Mystery". EurekAlert. Science Daily. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
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  4. David Britain and Andrea Sudbury, "Falkland Islands English", in The Lesser-Known Varieties of English: An Introduction" (eds. Daniel Schreier, Peter Trudgill, Edgar W. Schneider, Jeffrey P. Williams), Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 213.

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